hagio-, hagi-

(Greek: sacred, holy; religious)

autohagiographer
Someone who speaks or writes in a smug or self-aggrandizing way about his/her life or accomplishments. Said to be coined by Bernard Lewis, professor emeritus at Princeton University.
autohagiography
1. A self-aggrandizing writing about one's life or accomplishments.
2. A "reverently-written" presentation about one's own life and achievements.
hagiarchy
The rule or government by saints or those considered to be holy.
hagiocracy
A government or sovereignty of people esteemed to be holy.
hagiographa
The third, or last, of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, variously arranged, but usually consisting of the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles. Also called the Writings.
hagiographal
A reference to the hagiographa, or to sacred writings.

Hagiographa refers to the last of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, or that portion not contained in the Law and the Prophets.

It consists of the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Canticles, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Chronicles.

hagiographer
1. A writer of biographies of the saints.
2. A writer of biographies that treat their subjects with a great deal of reverence.
3. A writer of the Hebrew Bible; such as, a writer of the Hagiographa.
4. Someone who writes praising and flattering things about a person; as if that person were a saint.
hagiographic
1. A reference to the study of saints.
2. Relating to a biography of a saint.
3. Characterized by a biography which expresses reverence and respect for its subject.
hagiographical
A reference to an important literary genre in the early millennia of the Christian church, providing informational history as well as inspirational stories and legend.

A hagiographical account of an individual saint can constitute a vita, or a brief biography.

hagiographist
Someone who writes about the lives of saints.
hagiography (s) (noun), hagiographies (pl)
1. Writings about the lives of saints.
2. Saints’ lives as a branch of literature or legend.
3. A biography that idealizes or idolizes a person; especially, someone who is a saint: "Hagiography is a written document or book that treats its subject with considerable reverence."
hagiolater
Someone who worships saints.
hagiolatrous
Given to worshiping saints.
hagiolatry
The worship of saints.
hagiolith
A stone monument or edifice (as a dolmen [prehistoric monument], a menhir [ancient megalithic stone monument], or an obelisk [a tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top]) erected for religious or ceremonial purposes.

A dolmen is a prehistoric monument usually consisting of several large stone slabs set edgewise in the earth to support a flat stone roof, all covered by a mound of earth that in most cases has weathered away.

Designed as a burial chamber, the structure is typical of the Neolithic Period in Europe. Dolmens, although found as far east as Japan, are mainly confined to western Europe and northern Africa.

Related "holy, sacred" word families: hiero-; icono-; sacro-; sanct-.